York Museums Trust

Events - 10 Aug 24

Mesolithic Life Comes Alive in York! – Wed 7 Aug 2024

Mesolithic Life Comes Alive in York!

Dates: Wednesday 7 August 2024–Sunday 1 September 2024, All Day
Venue: Yorkshire Museum

‘Britain’s Oldest House’ to be Built in Museum Gardens!

7 August to 1 September 2024 

Just what is it like to build and live in a Mesolithic House? 11,000 years ago our ancestors were not just surviving, they were thriving and this summer, visitors to York’s Museum Gardens can see the challenges of building a Mesolithic house for themselves and find out more about these ancient people’s lives from the exhibition in the Yorkshire Museum. 

From 7 August, a team from the York Museums Trust and the University of York, and experts in ancient technology and archaeology, will build a Mesolithic house using evidence gleaned from the world famous prehistoric archaeological site at Star Carr in Yorkshire.  One of the most important discoveries at the site was the oldest known house in Britain. The house construction in the Museum gardens will be based on evidence from the archaeological site using techniques and materials, such as stone tools and plant materials which would have been used 11,000 years ago.  Professor Nicky Milner, Head of Archaeology, and Dr Jess Bates, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of York, are spearheading the project with experts Diederik Pomstra and Leo Wolterbeek and support from Dr Adam Parker, Curator of Archaeology at York Museums Trust. This project has been made possible by funding from the National Heritage Lottery Fund.  

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Meet Me at The Yorkshire Museum – Sat 10 Aug 2024

Meet Me at The Yorkshire Museum

Date: Saturday 10 August 2024, All Day
Venue: Yorkshire Museum

Meet Me at The Yorkshire Museum is included in general admission.


Ever wanted to visit a Viking?

Run into a Roman?

Follow the footsteps of a Fossil Hunter?

Meet a Medieval Storyteller?

…. A whole host of exciting characters will be dropping into the Yorkshire Museum this year!

This is YOUR invitation to ….



Suitable for all ages.

Short stories and object handling throughout the day. Times will be advertised at the Museum on the day.

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Open Air Landscape Drawing – Sat 10 Aug 2024

Open Air Landscape Drawing

Date: Saturday 10 August 2024, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

10 August 2024

Book tickets here

£20.00 per person

This series of workshops are based on drawing from observation, creating an atmospheric interpretation of the landscape to represent a sense of place. Each session will have a group introduction, followed by individual support. Weather permitting, we will venture out into the gardens behind the art gallery. Surrounded by medieval walls and views of the gardens, we hope you will be inspired by all that you see.

This workshop will take place on our balcony overlooking our artists’ garden and Monet inspired wildflower meadow (weather permitting – the workshop will move indoors in adverse weather conditions).

All materials provided
Suitable for those ages 16+ (under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult at all times) 


This workshop is part of our National Treasures: Monet in York exhibition events programme. Entry to the exhibition and our permanent collections is included in the price.

Find out more about the exhibition here  


Workshop will run 10 August 2024

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Phineas Fickletickle’s Totally Tremendous Time-Travel Tincture! – Sat 10 Aug 2024

Phineas Fickletickle’s Totally Tremendous Time-Travel Tincture!

Date: Saturday 10 August 2024, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Venue: York Castle Museum

Included in general admission, three performances throughout the day.


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Join Phineas Fickletickle with his imaginary enchanted hot air balloon, as he travels round the museum to help his friends get back to their own time period using his collection of magical tinctures. They will visit Medieval, Georgian and Edwardian periods, as well as the 1960s, so there’s plenty to discover and learn. Visitors can follow these promenade performances which will run for 30 minutes at 11 am, 1 pm and 2.30 pm

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Life Drawing – Model as Muse – Sat 10 Aug 2024

Life Drawing - Model as Muse

Date: Saturday 10 August 2024, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue: York Art Gallery

Join us at York Art Gallery for life drawing workshops; whether you are a regular participant, would like to hone your skills, or try life drawing for the first time, these regular two-hour immersive Saturday sessions, led by Rob Oldfield, are a wonderful way to experience life drawing in a supportive and friendly environment.

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